There is no question the beef cattle business has undergone some trying times the past few years. Significant changes within the beef industry combined with increased production costs, drought, national and world economic woes have affected the entire beef production chain. It is now more important than ever to stay current and up to date on new technologies and practices.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Johnson, Bosque, Hood and Somervell counties will host the 14th Annual Central Texas Beef Cattle Clinic on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Johnson County Cattle Auction, located at 3119 North Main Street, Cleburne, TX 76031. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., the meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30.

This year’s program will feature Dr. Jason Johnson, extension economist in Stephenville, with an update on the cattle inventory and futures outlook for 2013 followed by a information presentation, "Cattle Market: As Good As We Think?"

Jason Cleere, extension beef cattle specialist and Mr. George Davis with Johnson County Cattle Auction will discuss replacement female selection. Cleere will also cover heifer development and economics.

The program will conclude with a presentation on cattle theft prevention by Wayne Goodman, TSCRA Market Inspectors - Region 6, District 10

Interested producers are asked to RSVP by January 15 by calling the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Johnson County at (817) 556-6370, Bosque County at (254) 435-2331, Somervell at (254) 897-2809 and Hood at (817) 579-3280.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodations in order to participate in this Extension sponsored events are encouraged to contact Zach Davis at 817-556-6370 by January 15th to determine how reasonable accommodations may be made.